LIVE FEED OF SNOWSTORM DIEGO FROM THE MOUNTAINS OF NC.
I WILL ADD A BETTER MEASURING STICK IN AN HOUR OR SO. IT IS EXPECTED TO SNOW ALL THE WAY FROM 6PM TODAY TO MONDAY MORNING, SO CHECK BACK!
Well, Diego is headed to the mountains of NC tonight and I figured it was time to get the Kubota BX25 and the Husqvarna GT52XLSi ready to plow and ready for major snow.
Time will tell if this storm is all hype or not, but Farpoint Farms is ready either way! Let it snow!!
NOTE: Farpoint Farms will have a live feed of the storm with a tape measure out there to catch the snow fall totals. If it hits the zip tie, that will be 2 FEET! Feel free to comment about the storm here.
I should have done this 5 years ago. I should have bought this 2 years ago. I should have installed this last year! I've been saying this for as long as I've been turning wrenches, Every year, and every time I said this, I always found a reason not to do it.
Last spring after the Yugo project was finished, I decided that that really was the last time I would do a resto on jack stands. I'm just getting to old to crawl around on the floor or slide up under one on a creeper.
I looked again at the usual suspects. 2 post lifts and 4 post lifts. The issues were that same as always. I would have to cut out the garage floor to add more concrete, and that takes time and money.
Then I saw a fellow YouTuber's video on one of these. This started 2 months of research into Scissor lifts and the pro's and con's of this type of lift. After much thought and saving, I decided on the Harbor Freight model.
Welcome the newest addition to the farm. It's been a back saver for sure and has already gone a long way towards paying for it'self.
Now, if I can jut find a decent car to restore!
I've been looking to put a CB into my wife's car for ages, but she is always complaining that the antenna is unsightly and the radio's take up to much room in the car.
After much research, I found a great setup that I think will fit her needs. The President Bill is an ultra compact, but feature filled AM 40 channel CB radio and The President's New York" antenna is a short modern styled antenna that should be desecrate enough to please even her eyes.
This is part one, and I'm in the process of filming part 2. After Christmas I'll get it installed and we will do some range and audio tests, so stay tuned!
This heavy thing was part of that incredible deal I got a few months back and is the last of the now working base stations. The other one, a Pace 1000B is too far gone to fix.
This one sounds great! I couldn't believe how nice it receives or transmits for being so old.
Although she has since moved on to "freezer camp" this little critter was a free pickup we got last spring. We let her feed on the weeds and brush around the homestead for most of the spring, summer and into fall. She was mean, kicked like a mule, and worked very hard to destroy everything I've ever built, but she still managed to impress me with her intelligence and abilities to tick me off.
Goats can be a real assest on a small homestead like this, and I have no doubt that this won't be the last one I ever own. We've been working on upgrading a barn to house 3 of them for breeding/milking and we certainly still have the land to let them self feed.
After many years my old cobra hand held FRS radios died. It was my fault. I left the batteries in them when I last used them and one leaked. With the damage done, I set out to find a decent set of modern replacements to use here on the farm.
I ended up with these two Retevis RT 45's that I got off of Amazon here:
After using them a few times I can say that they preform almost exactly the same as the old cobra set, but do have some neat modern features that could come in handy if someone wanted to use them in a more populated area, or needed to have more private communications.
I liked the fact that they came fully equipped. No need to buy a separate charger or batteries, as everything was included.
This very cool looking old school crystal scanner was part of the large group of radios I picked up a few months back.
Although I don't have the crystals to pickup local traffic, I still find this to be a great little scanner. For it's time it was really a top of the line model and has features that are still cool today.
Well, like all good things this project has run its course.
I had a great time learning about every nut and bolt on the Yugo, but it was time to say goodbye. I put about 3000 miles on her the year I owned it, and I enjoyed almost every mile of it. The Yugo will always be remembered by the American masses as "The Worst Car Ever Built", but for me the truth will always be a different story.
The Yugo was a practical commuter car with a few minor, easily fixable flaws. It was nothing more, and certainly nothing less. I'm happy that I had the opportunity to own one and to cross it off my "Bucket list" of cars that I'd like to drive.
Next up.... GEO METRO CONVERTIBLE!
I came across this late 80's model CDV-715 Giger counter and CDV 742 dosimeter combo kit called the CDV-777-2 kit at the Hillsville,VA flea market last summer.
Like a lot of "peppers", a giger counter and dosimeters is something I've thought about getting since the mid 80's, and much more so after the tragic events at Fukushima in Japan. Today we will take a look at this kit, and talk about the realities of living in a world where one might need one.
I get a lot of questions reguarding CB base antenna options and I try and answer them all, but I figured it was a good time to start a short series on the options that are out there. This is part 1 and it will over cheap antenna ideas. Part 2 will cover commercial "pole" type antennas, part 3 will look at massive beam type antenna types and part 4 will cover homemade options. Enjoy!
My old steel dump cart is really starting to show it's age. The axle is bent, the wheels mismatched, and many of the bolts have rusted off. After close to 20 years it was time to upgrade.
After a little research I decided on this :
I can say that in the weeks since this video was shot, the cart has preformed well, and I'm overall extremely pleased with the build quality. Best of all IT'S MADE IN AMERICA!
If it lasts as long as my last cart, I should be in my late 60's before this thing needs to be retired!
The President Andy has turned out to be one heck of a radio. I've got it installed in my little commuter car and finally had the time to do some range tests, audio tests and just to generally check it out during day to day usage.
While the actual range of the unit is no better or worse than the Cobra 18wx ST II that it replaced, It did have significantly less interference from the engine and electronics. The Cobra always had at least 4 to 5 pounds of background noise when the car was running. The President Andy has 1 pound!
The audio seems crisp, and the folks that I've talked to on it all said it sounded loud and clear even at a distance.
Overall I'm very pleased with this radio and hope to have it in service for many years to come.
A few weeks back my wife and I went to the bi-annual Hillsville,BA flea market. They take the whole downtown and turn it into a massive swap shop.
It was packed and as always a bit crazy, but I did end up with some nice CB gear as well as some tools and other stuff.
As part of a recent radio purchase I made, I also received 3 old school scanners. For those that are not familiar with what a scanner is, its a device that rapidly scans the most commonly used Public service radio bands and can be programmed to scan local police, fire, school, detention centers, and EMT channels.
This lets you listen it to the "action" so to speak around you, and believe me. If you've never held a job in the public service industry, you'll be surprised at how much "action" is going on around you at any given time.
This scanner I picked up dates back to the mid 80's but still works great for it's intended purpose and can be found cheap on eBay or other online sites. Enjoy!
I have to say I'm way more impressed with my little $20.00 antenna than I thought I'd be. It's a great addition to the "Tower" picking up almost as many channels as the huge HD Stacker I have on the house.
Well, here it is. The long awaited video on my little AM radio station.
I've been promising to upload a video about this little radio station that I've been running since late 1998 for ever.
In my old house I lived in a small town and I actually had a pretty good audience. Up here in the mountains, I doubt anyone is listening, but for whatever reason I still really enjoy the idea of running my own radio station.
"Mad dog" and "Rockin Woodie" put on dozens of live shows back in the day, inviting guests on the air with the two of us as well as doing phone interviews. It was a great time to be alive, and the two of us still chat about the station during it's peak.
Like all good things the live shows dwindled down as life grew more complex and these days the station puts out mostly re-runs of the older shows mixed in with a strong collection of Coast to Coast re-runs.
Still, everyonce and a while Old "Mad Dog" will fire up the mic and do a live broadcast of
This video shows the tools I use to put my Hamilton Range Master on the air. An old laptop, a Radio Shack mixer board and the 1670 transmitter all work together to put out about a 1 to 1 1/2 mile range.
"Take Back The Airwaves" and join me and "Rockin Woody" on the air!
I had to swap out my broken older Kobalt Air wrench, and it seems that they have upgraded the line. I opted to pay a little extra and get this new 1000 FT/LB beast. needless to say, its a powerhouse that won't blow out your ears like IR-231's do.
This was part of that last great haul I picked up a few weeks back. Its a (For its time) Top of the line base station. with some interesting built in features and a few mods that make it even more useful.
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